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Old 09-30-2011, 12:46 PM   #1
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I need some advice. My DD is 5 months now. She was EBF for 3 months and we ended up switching to formula (please, no judgment) because she was miserable - really low weight gain, wouldn't nap, really poor nurser. My supply didn't seem to be the problem, she wasn't taking enough in each feeding (and i was feeding her on demand) which ended up making my supply lower than what she needed based on what she was taking. Long story short, I had PPD, she had colic and was nursing poorly and gaining weight poorly and all of these things were revolving around nursing for us at that point in time. I started supplementing but she loved the bottle and did so much better with it so we just made the switch. It has solved those problems and I'm so thankful for that, but now that she's happy and more interactive, I really wish I could still nurse her.

It's been about 1 1/2 months since I stopped pumping but I still get a tiny drop if I squeeze so I was wondering if there is anyway with herbs, lactation cookies and pumping if I could possibly get reestablish a milk supply. Even just to pump and supplement would be better than none at all.

Has anyone had success with this or know someone who did? Any advice is appreciated.

Please understand that I stand by my decision to switch her to formula when I did. It was the best decision with the information I had, the circumstances of our family at the time, my emotional state and her weight gain. I believe breast is truly best and I am pro-breastfeeding and never expected to have any of those things happen that led me to formula. I'm not here to hear about the evils of formula. I just really want some advice on how to possibly start breastfeeding again. Thanks mommas


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Old 09-30-2011, 02:50 PM   #2
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Re: Reestablishing a supply. Need advice!

I have not been in this situation but have had some obstacles to over come with Breastfeeding. I found that the website has alot of great information on Breastfeeding. Good luck mama!
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Old 09-30-2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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Look into using a SNS to get her to latch again and you may be able to get your supply back.
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Old 09-30-2011, 06:47 PM   #4
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Re: Reestablishing a supply. Need advice!

Yes check out Try the SNS like mentioned about. You could try taking Fenugreek, Domperidone (which you can get from here and the lactation cookies. Maybe some oatmeal and lots of water. Good luck mama!
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:12 PM   #5
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Re: Reestablishing a supply. Need advice!

Relactating takes a lot of time and dedication and it takes about a month to see any results at all. You would have to pump every time you feed the baby, plus attempting to latch the baby. I highly recommend power pumping. You would pump for five minutes, rest for one minute, pump five, rest one, pump five more. You can do this each time you pump. It adds 2 minutes extra to the pumping session but tells your body make more milk, make more milk, make more milk.

The client I have at work who is relactating was but on Reglin by her doctor. The doctor, while prescribing it told her it wouldn't work. sigh.

To work on the latch . . . lots of skin to skin contact. Like lie in bed with her all day if possible and cuddle and work on latch. Another idea is taking a warm bath together to recreate the birth situation.

I wish you all the luck in the world. It takes a lot of work and dedication. But it is possible.
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:46 PM   #6
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Re: Reestablishing a supply. Need advice!

I recently went to a birth talk and they had a speaker on breastfeeding. She said that doing skin to skin everytime you want to nurse will help a lot. Your breasts have a type of smell to the baby and they will get that instinct going again. Also, she said that you should pump or nurse more times in a day than what you were. That stimulating the breasts gets them to make more milk.
For example:
you fed/pumped 5 times... and the baby got 8 oz
you fed/pumped 8-10 times...and the baby got 8oz
that by the end of the week, or a few days later (I can't remember how long) that the mama stimulating her breasts 8-10 times a day would end up making more milk because your body would think it needed to make more because they are getting used more often. I hope I am making sense!
Anyway, pretty much skin to skin, and increasing stimulating the breasts (nursing, pumping, or hand expression) will get your supply up faster and you will get more milk in the end.
HTH at all!
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